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A majority of Americans oppose President Barack Obama's use of executive powers to enact new gun control initiatives — and they don't believe the controversial move will reduce the number of mass killings that have rocked the nation in recent months, a new Rasmussen Reports poll has found.
According to the poll of 1,000 likely U.S. voters, 58 percent say the government should only do what the president and Congress agree on in gun control matters.
Only 34 percent of those surveyed believe the commander-in-chief should take action alone if Congress does not approve the initiatives he has proposed.
Rasmussen also found only 21 percent believe Obama's executive order, which extends federal government oversight of gun sales, will reduce the number of mass shootings. Another 59 percent disagree, and 20 percent said they are not sure.
Those polled were quizzed on the need for additional gun control — and the results were sharply divided. Some 45 percent believe the United States needs stricter gun control laws, but 50 percent disagree.
In past surveys, voters tended to oppose further gun control laws — except during the chaotic periods following mass killings like the ones at Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
The new poll also found 79 percent of voters believe it is more important for Congress and the president to work together to achieve what's best for the country rather than to stand for what they believe in.
But they are also far more likely to blame Congress than the president for preventing that from happening.
Women and those under 40 continue to favor additional gun control more than men and older voters do. But most women and younger voters still oppose the president going it alone on gun control, Rasmussen found.
Additionally, 73 percent of Democrats believe the nation needs stricter gun control, but 76 percent of Republicans and 54% of voters not affiliated with either major party disagree.
Additionally, 73 percent of Democrats believe the nation needs stricter gun control
originally posted by: Informer1958
a reply to: wildb
This new gun safety line is BS, there to fool the uninformed.
I agree, I believe that there are enough laws on the books already
Every new law a politician wants to pass? Make them take 20 off the books!
Force them to study the unconstitutional laws they represent by making them thin em out before passing anymore! It isn't a damn accident that the United States of America has more people in prison than Russia and China combined......
originally posted by: Grimpachi
originally posted by: Enochstask
originally posted by: Iamnotadoctor
Action, not order.
After are guns are gone and the government rolls over us are you still going to be splitting hairs with your "Action, not order" mantra?
It isn't splitting hairs its definitions.